The all-volunteer Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team is the primary search and rescue agency for issues in the San…More Gabriel Mountains above Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Arcadia and Duarte.
Their reach also extends far beyond the local mountains as they are often called on by the California Emergency Management Agency to assist in large-scale searches in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Joshua Tree National Park and beyond.
Volunteers with the SMSR Team are on call 24 hours a day, 265 days of the year and include certified Emergency Medical Technicians as well as experts in mountain rescue, snow and ice travel, high-angle rope rescue and wilderness navigation.
The volunteer organization is funded entirely by donations from the community and receivers no tax dollars or other financial government assistance. SMSR is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation to which all donations are tax deductable.
In addition to rescue operations, the team routinely gives presentations to local groups on wilderness safety in an effort to curtail the need for mountain rescue.
SMSR was the first search and rescue team in California. Other groups soon followed suit and formed other teams. Currently, there are 7 search and rescue teams in Los Angeles County, 6 of which are accredited by the Mountain Rescue Association.